Electrical Engineer vs Electrical Engineer Technologist

by smashbrohamme
Tags: electrical, engineer, technologist
smashbrohamme is offline
Apr21-13, 07:18 AM
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Ok I know there will be a life long battle between EE's and EET's. This thread is not about the Pros and Cons of the two programs. I am well aware of what each program has to offer and how they differ academically. I understand there will always be some people who look down on EET's.

I want to get facts from people who are working in the field. Not academics or inspiring students who have not worked in the field yet. Of course if you know someone of personal experience and are getting the facts from them, please post it.


At your job or previous jobs, what was the ratio of EE's vs EET's. Please state the kind of work your company was doing as well, this will give us a better idea of why the ratio is what it is. If you also wanted to mention how the EE's performed vs the EET's; please state this as well.

I will go first.

My company is a manufacturing based company that builds heavy machinery. Currently we have 3 EET's and 2 EE's. Our top performer is a EET and our only license PE is a EET. I currently work for the company as a designer and I asked the electrical manager which he would perfer; he said EET. On the flip side we arn't doing much ground breaking research. We are just trying to make the most effective and realiable machines.

I am majoring in EET at a ABET accredited program. I plan on getting my FE and PE. I also want to continue on to get my masters and possibly get a minor in programming. I have been in the industry for 8 years as a industrial electrician, electrical assembler, and now electrical designer. I wouldn't mind being a manufacturing engineer deep in electrical roots. I choose EET because it was the fatest way to becoming a engineer for me. My computer aided drafting and design degree already had me taking the physics and other lower end courses that were required for EET. My dream job would be a 50% desk job that involves design and pushing paper, and 50% building, prototyping builds, or solving build problems. Right now it is 90% desk job doing 3d models and 10% going out to see what went wrong with a design.
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Dumte is offline
Apr21-13, 08:22 AM
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To me I think that question is for the technologist.
I'll invite my EE TECHNOLOGIST to this forum.
carlgrace is offline
Apr21-13, 10:55 PM
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I've never met a EET as far as I know. I've worked closely with probably 40 or 50 EEs in my career in various jobs and met 100s. Is the EET a common degree in some industries? I 've worked for semiconductor manufacturers and design houses. I've worked with some technicians but they had AS degrees, I think.

psparky is offline
Apr25-13, 02:55 PM
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Electrical Engineer vs Electrical Engineer Technologist

My brother is an EET......really smart guy and makes the same money as a typical EE.

I don't look down at EET's. I just figure they wasted a lot less time on overly complex math and had more hands on experience in school. (Oh, I know I'll get some lash back on that statement!)What type of person you are and how you perform at work is really what matters in my opinion.

I'm on the power side of things at work. I'm pretty sure we don't have any EET's out of the 30 electrical engineers. We also have a few guys with no education. Interestingly enough, one of these guys with no education is one of our top electrical designers. His attention to detail, speed, innovation and research is second to none. Education doesn't always translate. His pay will never equal the pay of a P.E....but his work often out performs several PE's.
Runei is offline
Apr25-13, 09:41 PM
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I think it is a good idea to mention that I, a European, have never heard the term EET. From the names I can't really distinguish what the difference is... can somebody please explain the difference in terms of education? (Here I mean, what subjects are covered).
psparky is offline
Apr26-13, 05:56 AM
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Quote Quote by Runei View Post
I think it is a good idea to mention that I, a European, have never heard the term EET. From the names I can't really distinguish what the difference is... can somebody please explain the difference in terms of education? (Here I mean, what subjects are covered).
EET = Electrical Engineering Technology. Very similiar to EE....but less math and calculus based.....it focuses less on theory and proofs. EET has a lot more "hands on" labs.

A lot of the exams are almost identical....equally tough.

Genrerally, consulting firms have 3 billing rates. Non engineer, engineer and P.E. Pretty sure EET is still going to fall under the category of engineer.

One other thing, I believe you need more time in the field to qualify for the P.E. test when you are EET.....but not totally sure on that. It's 4 years experience for EE's....

It's also important to realize that some firms prefer the P.E over masters....and some firms prefer masters over P.E. Obviously, having both is even better. When I say "prefer", I mean they will recognize it and pay you for it. Consulting firms generally prefer the P.E. because they can bill you out for more. My buddy who works with the Air Force has a different story. They want him to get his masters.....they don't care about him getting his P.E.

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